Eds: APNewsNow. Rays 5, Orioles 4, 18 innings. With AP Photos. By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - David DeJesus ended a nearly seven-hour game with a one-out RBI single in the 18th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays took over sole possession of the top AL wild-card spot by beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Friday night.
Tampa Bay started its game at 7:05 p.m. tied with Texas atop a crowded race for two wild cards. By the time it ended 6 hours, 54 minutes later - a record in time for both teams - the Rays were a half-game ahead of Cleveland, which beat Houston 2-1 in a rain-shortened game. The Rangers lost to Kansas City 2-1. Baltimore is 2½ games back.
Desmond Jennings had a one-out double in the 18th off Bud Norris (10-12) - the Orioles' 10th pitcher and one of a big league record 21 used in the game.
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